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fordfixer
11-09-2012, 12:39 AM
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/pittsburgh-steelers-alameda-taamu-apologizes-for-arrest-110812

Steelers Ta'amu apologizes for arrest


UPDATED NOV 8, 2012 2:05 PM ET




PITTSBURGH (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu apologized after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing on charges stemming from an alleged drunken-driving rampage.



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The 22-year-old fourth-round draft pick was arrested last month after police said he crashed into several other cars, then ran away from officers on the city's South Side, a neighborhood known for bars and night clubs.


After his brief appearance Thursday in Pittsburgh Municipal Court, Ta'amu told reporters, ''If there was any other word I would say it, but 'sorry' is the only word I can say right now.''


Ta'amu, of Kent, Wash., was driving an SUV the wrong way at about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 14 when he fled from officers and crashed into four parked cars, injuring a woman, police said. He then tried to run away before he was restrained by four officers and arrested, authorities said.


He'll be formally arraigned Dec. 31 on felony charges of aggravated assault by vehicle and fleeing and eluding police, as well as misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest, escape and DUI. By waiving the hearing, Ta'amu acknowledged there was enough evidence for him to stand trial, although he could seek to resolve them through a plea bargain.




Three charges of felony aggravated assault - all for allegedly fighting with police - were withdrawn, but 18 other felony, misdemeanor and summary citations are now headed to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.


Defense attorney Robert Del Greco said Ta'amu is trying to negotiate financial settlements to pay for the damage and injuries he caused.


''He is contrite. He has accepted responsibility and is in counseling'' for alcoholism, Del Greco told reporters.


Police have said that a breath test showed Ta'amu's blood-alcohol content was 0.196 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.


The Steelers suspended him for two games immediately after his arrest. He's back on the roster, though he has yet to play this season

flippy
11-09-2012, 09:30 AM
This team need a little crazy on D. Too many choirboys.

steelz09
11-09-2012, 11:51 AM
"Three charges of felony aggravated assault - all for allegedly fighting with police - were withdrawn"

That's certainly good news. That would have been a lose-lose situation... fighting with police.

Oviedo
11-09-2012, 12:56 PM
This team need a little crazy on D. Too many choirboys.

Where is Ernie Holmes when you need him? No one on the DL in the 70's could be mistaken as "nice guys" on the football field. I remember a couple of occasions where Joe Greene grabbed offensive linemen after plays and punched them in the stomach. Dwight White was a nasty player too.

I'd love to see that kind of DL again.

flippy
11-09-2012, 01:37 PM
Where is Ernie Holmes when you need him? No one on the DL in the 70's could be mistaken as "nice guys" on the football field. I remember a couple of occasions where Joe Greene grabbed offensive linemen after plays and punched them in the stomach. Dwight White was a nasty player too.

I'd love to see that kind of DL again.

We seem to be getting some attitude on the OL. It'd be nice for the DL to follow suit.

BradshawsHairdresser
11-09-2012, 01:49 PM
Where is Ernie Holmes when you need him? No one on the DL in the 70's could be mistaken as "nice guys" on the football field. I remember a couple of occasions where Joe Greene grabbed offensive linemen after plays and punched them in the stomach. Dwight White was a nasty player too.

I'd love to see that kind of DL again.

Come on, you'd be the first to complain about them being boneheads when they got called for unsportsmanlike conduct...:)

papillon
11-09-2012, 03:25 PM
Where is Ernie Holmes when you need him? No one on the DL in the 70's could be mistaken as "nice guys" on the football field. I remember a couple of occasions where Joe Greene grabbed offensive linemen after plays and punched them in the stomach. Dwight White was a nasty player too.

I'd love to see that kind of DL again.

The Steel Curtain, The Fearsome Foursome, The Purple People Eaters, The Doomsday defense et al will never be allowed to exist in today's NFL. The players on those defense were just plain mean and nasty and tried to hurt people every time they tackled someone. I hope you're old enough to have seen them play, because it won't be allowed to happen in today's NFL.

Some of the players on those teams would be at a break even between their salaries and fines, Deacon Jones, Carl Eller, Joe Greene, Randy White how would they even be able to make a living today? They were just downright nasty and tried to inflict as much pain as possible.

Pappy

Eddie Spaghetti
11-09-2012, 05:10 PM
didn't Mean Joe try to re-enter a game with a screwdiver one time?

ahhh, the good ole days.

flippy
11-09-2012, 06:07 PM
didn't Mean Joe try to re-enter a game with a screwdiver one time?

ahhh, the good ole days.

I don't remember that one but would be interested in the story.

RuthlessBurgher
11-09-2012, 09:18 PM
didn't Mean Joe try to re-enter a game with a screwdiver one time?

ahhh, the good ole days.

I dunno about that one, but Ta'Amu may have tried to re-enter his car with a screwdriver this time. :Cheers:Beer

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_GnEn1NwOca4/S4ogkOZuLiI/AAAAAAAAAwY/T9QXXbKMzO8/s1600/screwdriver.jpg

LordVile
11-10-2012, 03:38 AM
I dunno about that one, but Ta'Amu may have tried to re-enter his car with a screwdriver this time. :Cheers:Beer



http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_GnEn1NwOca4/S4ogkOZuLiI/AAAAAAAAAwY/T9QXXbKMzO8/s1600/screwdriver.jpg

HILARITY!!!! cheers

Jooser
11-10-2012, 07:35 AM
I dunno about that one, but Ta'Amu may have tried to re-enter his car with a screwdriver this time. :Cheers:Beer

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_GnEn1NwOca4/S4ogkOZuLiI/AAAAAAAAAwY/T9QXXbKMzO8/s1600/screwdriver.jpg

BRAVO!!!!!!!!!! Nicely done.

Jigawatts
11-12-2012, 05:06 PM
Just heard on the radio that he was waived.

Iron Shiek
11-12-2012, 05:21 PM
They'll stick him back on the practice squad. Called up Gilreath for tonight.

Eddie Spaghetti
11-12-2012, 05:27 PM
They'll stick him back on the practice squad. Called up Gilreath for tonight.

that is if nobody picks him up.

doubtful, but you never know.

Iron Shiek
11-12-2012, 05:29 PM
Right, I was factoring in the fact that I don't believe anyone will touch him. who knows though.

Snatch98
11-12-2012, 06:31 PM
I hope no one touches him, although McClendon came out of nowhere so he's not as vital to the future operation. Either way I'd hate to see him end up on a different team until we know whether or not he's worth anything on the field.

flippy
11-12-2012, 06:50 PM
Right, I was factoring in the fact that I don't believe anyone will touch him. who knows though.

The Bengals?

phillyesq
11-12-2012, 07:45 PM
I hope no one touches him, although McClendon came out of nowhere so he's not as vital to the future operation. Either way I'd hate to see him end up on a different team until we know whether or not he's worth anything on the field.

I agree. Ta'amu certainly has all the raw physical tools. Whether he'll ever get it from a technique perspective remains to be seen, but I'm hopeful that the Steelers can bring him back to give him a shot to meet his potential.

fordfixer
11-13-2012, 03:07 AM
Ta'amu released

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Pittsburgh-Steelers-release-rookie-NT-Alameda-Taamu-111212


UPDATED NOV 13, 2012 1:34 AM ET

PITTSBURGH (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with troubled rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu and added wide receiver David Gilreath to the 53-man roster.



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Ta'amu was chosen by the Steelers in the fourth round of the NFL draft but has yet to play in a game. He was suspended two weeks without pay last month following a run-in with police in the city's South Side neighborhood that resulted in more than a dozen charges, including multiple felonies.


Ta'amu was reinstated on Oct. 30 but remained on the inactive list. He pleaded not guilty to all charges during a court date last week and apologized for his actions while expressing hope he would remain with the team.


Gilreath spent the first nine weeks of the season on the practice squad

steelblood
11-13-2012, 09:59 AM
Ta'amu released

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Pittsburgh-Steelers-release-rookie-NT-Alameda-Taamu-111212


UPDATED NOV 13, 2012 1:34 AM ET

PITTSBURGH (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with troubled rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu and added wide receiver David Gilreath to the 53-man roster.



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Ta'amu was chosen by the Steelers in the fourth round of the NFL draft but has yet to play in a game. He was suspended two weeks without pay last month following a run-in with police in the city's South Side neighborhood that resulted in more than a dozen charges, including multiple felonies.


Ta'amu was reinstated on Oct. 30 but remained on the inactive list. He pleaded not guilty to all charges during a court date last week and apologized for his actions while expressing hope he would remain with the team.


Gilreath spent the first nine weeks of the season on the practice squad

I loved this draft. Now, it is looking like a bit of a disaster. Hopefully, DeCastro and Spence can come back healthy.

hawaiiansteel
11-14-2012, 02:34 PM
Steelers re-sign Ta'amu to practice squad

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers have re-signed rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu and placed him on the practice squad.

Ta'amu was released from the 53-man roster last week when the Steelers promoted wide receiver David Gilreath from the practice squad because of the injury to wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Ta'amu, though, was not claimed on waivers by another team and eligible to re-sign with the Steelers.

Ta'amu faces a number of felony and misdemeanor charges for a confrontation with Pittsburgh police on the South Side in which he is accused of fighting with officers while drunk and trying to escape.

http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/12319/1276791-66.stm#ixzz2CDfhT3nU

Slapstick
11-14-2012, 02:55 PM
Here's a second chance, Alameda...

Don't F up again...

fezziwig
11-17-2012, 03:23 PM
Unless there's another thread that I haven't seen I apologize if I'm asking something that, has already been posted.

I understand the Steelers let Alamea Ta'Amu go from the team/practice squad last week. Have they re-signed him or has anyone signed him at this point ?

Also, is it correct in saying, " he was a bust " ?

RuthlessBurgher
11-17-2012, 03:47 PM
Unless there's another thread that I haven't seen I apologize if I'm asking something that, has already been posted.

I understand the Steelers let Alamea Ta'Amu go from the team/practice squad last week. Have they re-signed him or has anyone signed him at this point ?

Also, is it correct in saying, " he was a bust " ?

The team needed another WR on the active roster because with Antonio Brown injured, they only had Wallace, Sanders, and Cotchery. In order to bring up David Gilreath, they had to cut Ta'Amu. However, after passing through waivers, we were able to add Ta'Amu to our practice squad (that's where he is now).

fezziwig
11-17-2012, 03:52 PM
thanks ruthless. despite the troubles he has upon his shoulders, i wonder if he will continue to be with the steelers ? i guess what i am asking, is this guy going to be the real deal for us some day ?

RuthlessBurgher
11-17-2012, 03:55 PM
thanks ruthless. despite the troubles he has upon his shoulders, i wonder if he will continue to be with the steelers ? i guess what i am asking, is this guy going to be the real deal for us some day ?

I'd imagine so, just not this year (unless there is an injury of course). Hampton's contract is up after this season, and with our cap issues, it will be tough to keep him around, so I could see McLendon and Ta'Amu splitting time next year (perhaps the more athletic McLendon on passing downs and the more stout Ta'Amu on running downs).

BradshawsHairdresser
11-17-2012, 04:28 PM
It was a waste to use a roster spot on him since LeBeau won't play him as a rookie anyway. They might as well have just kept him on the practice squad for the season.